2600 - Superintendent of Schools Evaluation & Review

Policy 2600 Superintendent of Schools evaluation and review title box

It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District to evaluate the work performance of the Superintendent of Schools on an annual basis. The evaluation of the superintendent’s work performance should be performed in a fair and professional manner in an effort to build and maintain effective leadership and a harmonious working relationship.

1. The Board shall use the following guidelines:

A. The evaluation of the Superintendent’s performance will be measured against the Superintendent’s job description and a slate of pre-established goals.

B. The SVSU Superintendent Evaluation Instrument shall be used as one tool in the review.<

C. Evaluation Committee members will consider any submissions from the Superintendent which document accomplishments.

D. The board will assess the superintendent according to the agreed-upon standards; the superintendent will use the same standards as a basis for self-evaluation.

E. There is an understanding that when evaluation forms are used, the board still might wish to address other matters (to which the superintendent will also have a fair opportunity to respond).

F. There is an understanding between the parties that, in some cases, a judgment criteria might be deleted from the process because extenuating circumstances might have precluded the superintendent from performing the function.

2. It is the responsibility of the SVSU Chair to implement and oversee the evaluation and review of the superintendent's job performance.

Timetables
A. At the August meeting, the SVSU Board, in open session, will review, clarify, or define short and long term goals. The Board will discuss with the Superintendent evaluation elements, personal and professional goals, and agree on performance benchmarks for future evaluations.

B. Annually, by April, the SVSU Chair shall appoint a subcommittee consisting of one member selected by each member board within the supervisory union.

C. During the month of May, the subcommittee members will perform an evaluation and review of the Superintendent, using pre-established goals and the Superintendent’s job description, with members of their respective boards in executive session.

D. During the month of May, the subcommittee will meet in executive session of the SVSU Board. Using the district board inputs, the slate of pre-established goals, and the Superintendent’s job description, the subcommittee will perform an evaluation and review producing a summative composite evaluation.

E. At the June SVSU meeting the subcommittee shall present its evaluation and review in executive session to the entire Board. Strongly dissenting opinions will be noted for Board chair comment at SVSU Board meeting in September. The Board and the Superintendent shall participate in the review with adequate time provided for discussion. If necessary, the Superintendent and the Board may agree to continue discussion at the subsequent SVSU meeting. The SVSU Board Chair will summarize strengths and opportunities for growth and development. The summary will be signed by the Chair and the Superintendent and given to the Superintendent. All draft copies or evaluation instruments shall be destroyed.

F. The entire process shall be conducted in a timely manner so as to coincide with the Superintendent’s contract renewal.

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Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Superintendent Evaluation

In addition to the duties specifically assigned by law, the Superintendent is the chief executive officer for each School District within the Supervisory Union. In that role, the Superintendent's responsibilities include:

Function 1: Educational Leadership

A. The Superintendent establishes standards for excellence in education by systematically evaluating curricula, personnel, facilities, resources and programs of each district and recommending policies, procedures and priorities appropriate for maintaining these standards.

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B. The Superintendent implements policies, procedures and priorities adopted by the Boards and the Supervisory Union.

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C. The Superintendent creates effective leadership teams within the districts and the Supervisory Union and delegates responsibilities, tasks and duties appropriately to assure effective and efficient implementation of the policies, procedures and priorities of the Supervisory Union and its member districts.

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Function 2: Working with School Boards

A. The Superintendent prepares and provides timely information to the Boards about all aspects of school operations and supports the Boards administratively so the Boards meet their responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

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B. The Superintendent represents the School Boards and the Supervisory Union to Federal, State and municipal governmental bodies.

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C. The Superintendent develops and maintains leadership and expertise within the Boards by providing orientation, training and facilitating self-evaluations of their policies, procedures, priorities and operations.

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D. The Superintendent prepares annual reports to the Boards, the Supervisory Union and the school communities.

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Function 3: Personnel Administration

A. The Superintendent creates and maintains a work environment that promotes leadership, professionalism, personal responsibility, collaboration and enthusiasm for the work of the schools.

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B. The Superintendent implements and administers collective bargaining agreements, and employment contracts.

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C. The Superintendent formulates, recommends, and implements appropriate personnel policies that further the mission of the Supervisory Union.

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D. The Superintendent delegates such tasks duties, and responsibilities as needed for the effective and efficient administration of all personnel of the Supervisory Union and member school districts.

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Function 4: Business and Finance

A. The Superintendent manages the business and financial aspects of the Supervisory Union and its member School Districts by preparing and administering annual budgets, preparing and administering all short and long term business and financial plans and reporting timely financial information to the School Boards, the Supervisory Union and the school communities.

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B. The Superintendent implements and supervises an accounting system that accurately records and reflects all the financial activities of the schools and is responsible for the annual review of these financial activities by independent auditors retained by the Boards.

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C. The Superintendent delegates such tasks, duties and responsibilities as necessary to effectively and efficiently conduct the business and financial matters of the Supervisory Union and its member School Boards.

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Function 5: Community Relations

A. The Superintendent develops and administers a cohesive and comprehensive public information program, which provides clear and consistent information to the public through a variety of media.

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B. The Superintendent represents the schools and Boards in formal and informal settings, such as School Board meetings, Town Meeting, and other events and activities.

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C. The Superintendent provides opportunities for public participation in the work of the schools of the Supervisory Union through advisory boards, volunteer opportunities and other means.

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D. The Superintendent delegates such tasks, duties and responsibilities as necessary to effectively and efficiently carry out a community relations program.

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